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ERIC Number: ED563643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 197
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-3074-6
Increasing Choice-Making and Choice Awareness for Students with Intellectual Disability
Sparks, Shannon Lynn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A number of studies have suggested that when children with disabilities are presented with choice-making opportunities, they can make choices (Bambara, 2004; Carlson, Luiselli, Slyman, & Markowski, 2008; Dibley & Lim, 1999; Manhertz, 2006). Teaching choice-making to students with intellectual disability is an important skill. Students with intellectual disability, when exposed to choice-making, tend to display these skills in future settings as they grow older (Lee, Palmer, Turnbull, & Wehmeyer, 2006). Choice-making research has been limited for high school students with mild to moderate intellectual disability (Dibley & Lim, 1999; Manhertz, 2006; Shevin & Klein, 2004). The purpose of this study was to determine if high school students with intellectual disability, when given choice training, would improve their choice selections. This study involved an investigation of choice-making instruction intervention with individuals with intellectual disability. The researcher used a multiple probe design with one replication for six students with intellectual disability. The study took place in one 9-12 public high school classroom. One specialized classroom with a special education teacher who served students with mild to moderate intellectual disability was used in this study. Students received daily instruction with choice-making scenarios using still picture photographs. Choice-making training scenarios embedded real life situations that teenagers face daily. Real life choice situations were (a) making a choice on how to tell a friend that you are going to attend his or her birthday party, (b) making a choice on what and how you will spend your money, and (c) making a choice on what to wear to a job interview. This study involved an investigation of daily life choices and choice-making options that high school age students are given everyday. Lastly, the maintenance of choice-making skills in high school age students with intellectual disability was explored. The results of this study will add to the choice-making body of literature. Additionally, this study provided strategies for teachers to implement choice-making with a variety of students with disabilities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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